Did you miss out on last year’s DFID Guardian competition? Well now you’ve got another chance. The 2010 competition is now open, with a whole new set of themes and a deadline of 30 April, 2010. The shortlist will be announced in July, and the journalists on the short list will take their trips to Africa and Asia to write a new story in September and October. The winner will be announced in November and the Guardian will publish a special supplement with all the winning entries.
The challenge is to write a feature of 650 to 1,000 words by 30 April on an aspect of global poverty that deserves greater media exposure. The 16 best writers (eight amateur, eight professional) will be selected from a longlist of around 40 entrants, all of whom will have their articles published online at guardian.co.uk.
This year’s judges will include:
Elizabeth Ford, editor, Katine website, the Guardian
Richard Kavuma, projects editor, The Weekly Observer, Uganda
Elisabeth Ribbans, managing editor, the Guardian
Jon Snow, newsreader, Channel 4
Behrouz Afagh, head, Asia and Pacific region, BBC World Service
Chaired by: Sue George, editor, the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition
To enter the competition, you need to write a 650 to 1,000 word feature on one of these 16 themes:
- Disability and development
- Family Planning: Contraceptive Supplies Shortages
- Global health care
- Has aid restricted Africa’s ability to grow?
- Hearing impairment
- Millennium Development Goal 5: Safe Motherhood
- Mobilising campaigners for disability and development
- Poor peoples’ security and justice
- The economic cost of blindness
- The Effect of Climate Change on Insect-borne Diseases
- The impact of arms on development
- The impact of hygiene on education
- The need for a child survival revolution
- The right to learn
- The Role of Mass Net Distributions in the Fight Against Malaria
- What has prevented Africa from becoming an economic power?
So what are you waiting for?